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Totty named director of Henrico MH/DS

Laura S. Totty has been named director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services (MH/DS), effective Sept. 20. Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced the appointment today.

Totty has more than 31 years of experience with MH/DS, having served as a residential counselor, residential service specialist, program coordinator, program manager and director of the Clinical and Prevention Services division. She has served as acting director since August, when Michael D. O’Connor retired as director. He had served MH/DS for more than 35 years, including 10 years as director. > Read more.

Four schools earn $25,000 grants

Four Henrico County elementary schools recently were presented with $25,000 grants for implementing innovative and effective ways to help struggling students.

The faculty members of Glen Lea, Montrose, Ridge and Donahoe elementary schools were presented with surprise ceremonial checks by Henrico County Public Schools.

The grants are part of the division’s general fund that was set aside to fund the programs most promising in helping lower-achieving students close the gap with their peers. > Read more.

School Board to consider purchase of iPads

Could iPad minis soon make an appearance en masse in Henrico County’s public school system?

Henrico County’s Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education and Instructional Support Services Bondy Shay Gibson advocated for the increased use of iPads in kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms at an April 10 School Board work session.

“The iPad is very developmentally accessible,” Gibson said, commenting on the lack of training required to use the device. “You just have to know how to push a button and move your finger.” > Read more.

3 students featured in ‘Plant It!’ video

Three students from Henrico County Public Schools are featured in a video produced this spring for Dominion’s Project Plant It! program. The video was created to show how Elise Nugent, Molly Nugent and Nicholas Turner developed a deeper appreciation for planting trees and caring for the environment due to their involvement in Project Plant It! when they were third-graders.

Dominion, parent company of Dominion Virginia Power, created Project Plant It! in 2007 to educate children, plant trees and improve the environment. > Read more.

Rabid skunk found in Varina

A rabid skunk was found dead in the back yard of a Varina resident earlier this week.

On April 21, Henrico Police Animal Protection received a call for service for a dog playing with a deceased skunk in the citizen’s backyard in the 7600 block of Dowdy Drive, near Yahley Mill Road and Darbytown Road. The remains of the skunk were retrieved and submitted to the state lab for testing, which concluded that the animal had rabies. > Read more.

Police, USDA to host drug take back event

The Henrico County Police Division, along with the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, Apr. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Henrico County Training Center Lobby, located at 7701 East Parham Road.

The program is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked. > Read more.

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Community

Henrico woman wins $200k

Henrico resident Felicia Walker went to A&A Convenience Store on Hungary Spring Road in Henrico recently to play the Virginia Lottery's Cash 5 game, but the clerk was on the phone and couldn't assist her. So, instead, she bought a pair of $200,000 Jackpot scratcher tickets and took them home with her. One turned out to be the third of seven grand-prize winners. > Read more.

Year-end Top 10

Looking for something to do this weekend? You've come to the right place. Below are details about this weekend's top 10 events around town, as selected by Henrico Citizen Events Editor Sarah Story. > Read more.

Miracles in Motion presents Christmas concert on Dec. 21

Miracles in Motion, a dance class designed specifically for children with disabilities, will hold its first Christmas concert at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd.

The classes, taught by the Ann Catherine Cross School of Dance, cover many styles of dance including ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

‘GardenFest of Lights’ to open at botanical garden

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s popular holiday light show Dominion GardenFest of Lights returns Friday, Nov. 25 and continues through Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. This is the seventeenth year for the annual display and the fourteenth year of Dominion sponsorship.

GardenFest has become a holiday tradition for the Richmond region and it features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

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